Animal Welfare Approved

What People Say About AWA

“I’m a huge AWA flag-waver. I think what you do is unparalleled in the industry in terms of how you promote, the quality of your inspectors, and the kindness you show in offering grants. You do so much to support the kind and gentle farming approach as opposed to the industrial model.”

-Greg Newhall, Windy N Ranch, Ellensburg, WA

“As we read more and more of your resources and began developing our plans we fell in love with the program.  It has already helped us make important production decisions and improved the way we raise our animals.  I’d say before we started the process we were about 90% there, but the resources of Animal Welfare Approved helped us get the rest of the way through informed decision making.”

- Shaun Jones, A + S Gulf Coast Sheep in Moulton, TX

“I just wanted to let you know how much I really appreciate you and all you’ve done to help us. [Our latest retail relationship] wouldn’t have happened without you, so I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you.”

- Mac Baldwin, Baldwin Family Farms in Yanceyville, NC

“We just got done with the CFSA Upstate Farm Tour — over 450 visitors to the farm.  We proudly displayed our AWA banner and handed out the consumer fliers.  Matter of fact, several people told us they came out to our farm because we are AWA.”

Gail Cooley, Patient Wait Farm in Piedmont, SC

“You and your organization have been a pleasure to work with.”

-Greg Newhall, Windy N Ranch in Ellensburg, WA

“I think the world of Animal Welfare Approved. There is a loving and respectful way to raise cattle and provide the healthiest and happiest experience with beef. By telling the public you’re Animal Welfare Approved you’re telling the customer you have standards. AWA has someone that really checks that you’re doing what you say you’re doing. I went the extra step of becoming Animal Welfare Approved because I want the customer to know that they are getting the best that they can get. There is a better way to eat beef!”

-Janelle Moses, Holy Cow Grassfed Beef in Wapato, WA

“Every time I have contact with you all I feel like I’m working with an incredibly professional and proficient team. I’m glad to be a part of it.”

- Jonas Stoltzfus, Jujo Acres Farm in Loysville, PA

“Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed our workshop experience [Designing and Running an Animal Welfare Approved Pastured Egg Operation, Young Farmer Conference at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY – 2010]. Thanks for inviting us to join you, it was great fun and I think we all did a good job of inspiring those young folks to raise chickens and join AWA.”

- Georgia Ranney, Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, NY

“AWA is THE differentiation I count on to make a difference in what chefs select. Thank you!”

- Dan Gibson, Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, NY

“I feel like it’s Christmas! Thank you so much for the box of goodies. I had already been looking at the egg cartons so I was glad to get to see one of those “in person.” Thanks again and we are excited to be a part of AWA.”

– Dr. J. Matthew, The 2811 in Abbeville, SC

“There was local demand here for an animal welfare certification. I reviewed them all and Animal Welfare Approved seemed to be the most cohesive. Others you pay a fee, get a stamp of approval, but there’s no oversight. I can tell folks that AWA came out, give them the brochures, they can check the standards. If they aren’t coming out, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.”

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John Klimes, Snake River Poultry in Jacksonville, TX

“I really like the standards–they’re achievable and good practices. I’m really happy now to be certified.  It’s a wonderful service to provide free to farmers.  AWA has a presence in the marketplace. People know it and look for it. Sometimes people will call me with questions and when I tell them that we’re Animal Welfare Approved, they’re happy to know we’re part of the program. You  run a very customer-friendly and professional organization.”

- Steffen Schneider, Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY

“When Lance, our auditor, was happy with what he saw, it was very reassuring. We feel like he can help us identify problems and teach us something.”

– Cricket Adams. Gypsy Ranch in Altoona, AL

“[AWA] gives customers an idea of what we’re doing on the farm without them having to come out. Since we got certified, we’ve had a 20% increase in sales. People love it!”

-Timothy Haws, Autumn’s Harvest Farm in Romulus, NY

“By being an AWA approved farm, we can show potential customers all over the world the same thing by proudly presenting our AWA logo. There’s a powerful brand being built upon every day by AWA farms. We are proud to serve ourselves, our customers, our animals, and our creator by being a part of such a fantastic organization.”

-Chad Ray, Ray Family Farms in Louisburg, NC

“[It's] a great way to show people how well we care for our animals…My mother and grandparents have always taught me that we must care for our cows, sheep, and horses as we would wanted to be cared for.”

-Mike Brown, Meadowbrook Farm in China, ME

“…I have seen so many inhumane ways of raising animals and no one knows how their food is raised. With the Animal Welfare Approved label people do know. They know how the product was produced and that kind of sets you apart. I’m proud of what I raise and I want people to recognize that I’ve gone that extra step in raising my animals.”

-Chris Wilson, Clover Creek Farm in Jonesborough, TN

“The Animal Welfare Approved program reflects the concern I have for my animals,” she remarked, “and having its label on my cheese tells consumers that not only are they getting an ethical product, they are getting a superior product.”

-Rose Belforti, Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery in King Ferry, NY

“The standards are comprehensive and deal with every aspect of the goats’ lives. We get asked about the welfare of our animals a lot and the Animal Approved Welfare seal is a nice fit of us. It lets our customers know that our goats are out running around in the grass, being goats, and that we’re not a confinement operation.”

-Deneane Ashcraft, North Valley Farms Chevre in Cottonwood, CA

“We appreciate the standards because we want to treat our animals correctly and this is a way to assure our customers we do just that. The seal is also meaningful to them because it’s a great endorsement of our way of doing business.”

-Lauren Nitschke, Circle N Ranch in Jefferson County, OK

“The response to the AWA label has been really positive.  Our customers are noting animal welfare certifications.  We appreciate AWA’s outreach in Western NC”

-Charlie Kissling, Walnut Hollow Ranch, Hayesville, NC